Teach 17 Workshop Descriptions

We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Indiana District Teachers Conference! Below are detailed descriptions of each workshop and roundtable. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Mews at 260-423-1511 ext 2212 or amy.mews@in.lcms.org.

 


Session 1: Thursday 11:00 AM

Motivation for Technology

Why are youth so drawn to technology?  This presentation explores the “whys” behind technology use and gives perspective on how to address those needs.

Session 1, Thursday 11:00 AM

Audience: Middle & High School

Jennifer Probst, is a DCE/teacher who is currently teaching preschool at St Paul Lutheran in Columbus IN.  She has much experience working with youth and served at St James, Lafayette before moving to southern Indiana.

Sensory Challenges:  Supports and Strategies

Supporting Sensory Processing Disorders. This session provides a bit of science to aid in the understanding of Sensory issues and Autism spectrum disorders. Then it equips with many, many quick, fun, useful, practical, inexpensive tools for understanding how to create success for these kiddos. This session usually lasts 90 minutes to allow for time to try the various materials and techniques. Take away items for all.

Session 1, Thursday 11:00 AM

Audience: All

Mona Fuerstenau began working with children with disabilities in high school. Her life journey has included tutoring those with reading difficulties, speech and language therapy.  An avowed disability advocate, Mona was chair of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Disabilities Task Force for 4 years and is currently on the LCMS Northwest District Disability Awareness Task Force Mona joined Bethesda Lutheran Communities in October of 2010 as a ministry consultant and now serves as the Director of Lutheran Ministry Partnerships.

Placing Art at the Heart of Learning

Champion art-infused education.  Every child and teacher is an artist, so don’t miss this fun, hands-on workshop where you will be inspired to unleash your God-given talents.  No art background is necessary – just a willingness to create a masterpiece!  This session will be offered a second time during Session 3.

Session 1, Thursday 11:00 AM

Audience: K-8

Rose Farley, Director of Development for Arts Attack Publication, has been advocating for the arts in schools for over 20 years.  Arts Attack is a developmental, sequential visual arts curriculum for Grades K-8.  The award winning program is now online and is an approved curriculum for LCMS schools.  Visit their booth during the conference.

Teaching Strategies for Children

Learning theorists differ on whether or not humans have different learning styles.  Classroom teachers seem to know that they can’t teach the same way, everyday.  Your attendance at this workshop will serve to strengthen your toolbox, affirm your commitment to providing a variety of teaching strategies to your classroom and provide an opportunity to interact with fellow teachers to share your ‘Best Practices.’

Session 1, Thursday 11:00 AM

Audience: Early Childhood

Dr. Mary Schuldheisz graduated from Concordia-St. Paul, MN and since then has taught ECE-graduate students in education at private and public institutions of education.  She has Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an AbD in Curriculum and Instruction.  She has a passion or school improvement and have a talent for helping schools and/or educational professionals address institutional and/or personal turning points so they are not stymied by change.  She continues to substitute teach in K-12 public and private schools in OR and WA as well as teach adjunct at Concordia University-Portland and working as an Education Consultant.

“It’s only a picture”: Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Sexting

With kids as young as 2nd grade sharing inappropriate pictures, sexting is a growing concern for parents, educators and law enforcement. It has led to humiliation, harassment, cyberbullying, sextortion and worst. It is very likely, the images will end up in the wrong hands and cause long term damage to a students safety and future. Technology changes all the time, and kids are constantly finding the newest websites, apps and gadgets. It’s vital they learn the rules of Internet safety so they can use technology responsibly.

Session 1, Thursday 11:00 AM

Audience: All

Cathie Bledsoe, is a Youth Educator for the Indiana State Police (ISP) Internet Crime against Children Task Force (ICAC). Mrs. Bledsoe has over 10 years of teaching K-12 and college level courses. She has worked in both public schools, private schools, and the juvenile probation system. She has been a presenter on Internet Safety and Cyber Bullying for over 10 years, holds a Master’s in Secondary Education-Instructional Technology and working towards a Doctorate in Education.

Fingerplays, Nursery Rhymes and Transitions

Engaging the children during circle time and transitions through active learning by using fingerplays, rhyming games, and other hands-on activities

Session 1, Thursday 11:00 AM

Audience: Early Childhood

Barbara Bradtmueller is the director and teacher of Peace Lutheran Preschool in Fort Wayne IN.  She also serves on the Indiana District-LCMS Early Childhood Cabinet.

Awesome Authors and Artists

Ideas for engaging early childhood students, staff and families with developmentally appropriate experiences focusing on both new and traditional authors and artists will be shared and encouraged

Session 1, Thursday 11:00 AM

Audience: Early Childhood

Julie Klopke presently serves as the Early Childhood Director and Assistant Principal at St Peter Lutheran Church and School in Arlington Heights, IL.  She also works with the Northern Illinois District of the LCMS as one of its Early Childhood Consultants and supervises student teachers for Concordia University Chicago. 

Preschool Play:  The Teachers’ Role

With so much research surrounding the importance of play in the early childhood classroom, it is imperative teachers understand their role in play.  Oftentimes the task of the teacher in student play is not clearly defined.   Therefore teachers must be prepared to use varying roles to scaffold, differentiate and extend student learning through play.  Come and learn nine different roles you can use to impact student play in a positive way.

Session 1, Thursday 11:00 AM

Audience: Early Childhood

Tracie Douglas is an early childhood teacher at Our Shepherd Lutheran School in Avon IN

The Power of One: Personalized Learning Across the Grades

Every child is a gift from God who has unique talents and abilities given by our Creator. Applying lessons from a personalized learning academy, we will wrestle with how a greater level of personalization may be applied in every classroom, thereby better honoring the unique gift of each child for the sake of God’s Kingdom.

Session 1, Thursday 11:00 AM

Audience: All

David Black is a displaced Chicago Cubs fan who has now taught in Lutheran schools in Colorado for over 17 of his 30 years as an educator.  He currently serves Lutheran High School in Parker, CO where he is a teacher, and the Director or Lights Academy, an innovative accelerated personalized learning program within the existing school.  David also serves Lutheran schools at large through facilitating leadership and training sessions, teaching online for Concordia University Wisconsin.

 

Session 2: Thursday 12:00 PM

Preschool Active Learning

It is hard to sit still and learn.  This presentation demonstrates a few ways early childhood teachers can use movement to reinforce standard concepts in learning

Session 2, Thursday 12:00 PM

Audience: Early Childhood

Jennifer Probst, is a DCE/teacher who is currently teaching preschool at St Paul Lutheran in Columbus IN.  She has much experience working with youth and served at St James, Lafayette before moving to southern Indiana.

“How to Tell the Parents”

This session focuses on equipping early childhood and pastoral staff in walking alongside parents as their child is diagnosed or born with a disability. It covers the grief/loss feelings, what families say they need to hear, practical approaches to support.  Since early childhood staff often are the first to notice the need for evaluation and it is often the time when these diagnoses are being made, this session provides insight and resources for any staff working with birth to age 7 and their families. Interactive session exploring real life situations. Problem solving together.

Session 2, Thursday 12:00 PM

Audience: PS-3, Admin

Mona Fuerstenau began working with children with disabilities in high school. Her life journey has included tutoring those with reading difficulties, speech and language therapy.  An avowed disability advocate, Mona was chair of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Disabilities Task Force for 4 years and is currently on the LCMS Northwest District Disability Awareness Task Force Mona joined Bethesda Lutheran Communities in October of 2010 as a ministry consultant and now serves as the Director of Lutheran Ministry Partnerships

You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup

This presentation focuses on the basics of wellness, our habits and how our health impacts how we serve others

Session 2, Thursday 12:00 PM

Audience: All

Sara is a registered, licensed dietitian that comes to Concordia Plan Services with a background in clinical and specialty areas of nutrition and wellness. Sara earned her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Southeast Missouri State University and her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Alabama.

Cyberbullying: Take it Seriously

Cyberbullying is exactly what it sounds like – bullying through technology like cell phones, social media sites and online games. Being victimized can undermine a child sense of security. They don’t feel a safe at school – because cyberbullies are frequently classmates and other peers – and they don’t feel safe at home because the bullying is happening 24/7 online. In the worst cases, cyberbullying has led to suicide. The information provided will not only assist you in understanding the online challenges your students face, but also suggest some tips for you both address cyberbullying with you students and assist the victim.

Session 2, Thursday 12:00 PM

Audience: All

Cathie Bledsoe, is a Youth Educator for the Indiana State Police (ISP) Internet Crime against Children Task Force (ICAC). Mrs. Bledsoe has over 10 years of teaching K-12 and college level courses. She has worked in both public schools, private schools, and the juvenile probation system. She has been a presenter on Internet Safety and Cyber Bullying for over 10 years, holds a Master’s in Secondary Education-Instructional Technology and working towards a Doctorate in Education.

Play, Pray, Hooray!  Being a Faith-Based Development Cheerleader

Early Childhood teachers and administrators can be great encouraging cheerleaders for their young children and their families as they grow in their faith and worship of Jesus.  Ideas for faith integration, chapel, music and connection points between home, school & church will be explored and celebrated.

Session 2, Thursday 12:00 PM

Audience: Early Childhood

Julie Klopke presently serves as the Early Childhood Director and Assistant Principal at St Peter Lutheran Church and School in Arlington Heights, IL.  She also works with the Northern Illinois District of the LCMS as one of its Early Childhood Consultants and supervises student teachers for Concordia University Chicago. 

Learning Differences in the Classroom

This session will cover signs of common learning difficulties, such as learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD, that will equip teachers with information and strategies for working with these students.  Signs that may appear in students at different age levels will be discussed, as well as what teachers should do when they see these signs in a student.

Session 2, Thursday 12:00 PM

Audience: All

Kara Bratton is the Resource Center Director for Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM) She has her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, graduate degrees in Special Education and Gifted and Talented Education, and is a doctoral student in the area of Special Education Leadership.  Kara is also trained in Orton-Gillingham, has training in the area of autism, and is a DIBELS Next mentor/trainer.

All our Academic Fair Dreams Came True

Three junior high teachers will share how they collaborated and met many Indiana language arts and technology standards as they guided eighth graders on a cross curricular journey via a Civil War era research unit.  Presenters will demonstrate that question driven student research can lead to an in depth study of a particular Civil War era person; teachers will show how students can use technology during each step of the process – from EasyBib to GoogleDocs to QR Readers and much much more.  Presenters will share how students can also synthesize information from an historical fiction novel with a setting of the same time period.  Ideas will also be shown from the students’ culminating product, a wax museum (created for the school’s academic fair) with wax ‘figures’ who spoke of their life when ‘activated’.

Session 2, Thursday 12:00 PM

Audience: K-12

Melissa Brown & Sandra Franke &Sue Sims, are teachers at Immanuel Lutheran School, Seymour IN

LISTEN!  Children Crying:  A Child’s Hope in a Hopeless Life – YOU Can Be Their Guide

LAMP is a special mission opportunity to remote villages in northern Canada.  Come see how you or your classroom can be involved.

Session 2, Thursday 12:00 PM

Audience: All

Sandra Carr & Wally Heinz, LAMP  Lutheran Association of Missionaries & Pilots, Inc.

 

Session 3: Thursday 1:oo PM

Do Your Students Make Snow Angels and Pretend to be Superman?  The Importance of Gross Motor Skills for Teaching Reading and Writing.

The presenter will discuss how gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and primitive reflexes help early childhood students learn to read and write. You will be reminded why it is important to keep doing these skills that you have already incorporated in your curriculum. You will learn more exercises to take back to the classroom and begin next week.

Session 3, Thursday 1:00 PM

Audience: PS- 2

Rachel taught 1st and 2nd grades at Zion Lutheran Academy, Fort Wayne from 1996-2003. She lives in Fort Wayne and currently homeschools her 3 boys. One of her boys is blessed with a learning disability. She learned more about teaching while he was in one year of vision therapy than she learned in her college education classes. She looks forward to sharing what she learned with you.

Fundraising Stewardship Best Practices:  It’s About Thanking Your Donors to the 7th Power

Stewardship and fundraising is not “stewardship Sunday”, but rather properly thanking your donors 7 times… 77 times… to the 7th power. From how to write thank you notes to financial recording, we will cover all aspects of what to do AFTER the gift.  This is especially helpful for executive directors, principals, fundraising staff, dinner/auction volunteers, boards, etc.

Session 3, Thursday 1:00 PM

Audience: All

Jon Dize, CFRE, Lutheran SGO of Indiana

Understanding Your Retirement – Maximizing Your Benefits

Do you really understand your retirement benefits?  Do you know how much you’re going to need in retirement, and just what your current benefits will cover?  Do you know what YOU should be doing to save for your future?  This workshop will help you begin to put all of the pieces together as you plan for your future.  This is good for everyone to know and especially beneficial for those 50+.

Session 3, Thursday 1:00 PM

Audience: All

Paul is a Retirement/Financial Wellness Specialist for Concordia Plan Service.  He has been with Concordia Plans for more than 34 years in various capacities. 

Team Building the Fun Way!

Let’s have some fun!  This workshop will give ideas to inspire your staff and make it a happy family.  You will learn how to boost morale, get the most out of your team and make everyone happy and laughing.  Join me for some fun games and lots and lots of ideas.

Session 3, Thursday 1:00 PM

Audience: Directors and Administrators

Joy has worked in the Early Childhood field for 30 years.  Her experience has been from an assistant teacher all the way up to a director. She believes that having a team that plays together as a family is not only good for staff but puts a positive impact on children’s lives every day.

Supporting Children:  Ways that Make A Difference

This training will discuss strategies to assist provides in reframing children’s challenging behaviors, the importance of re-evaluating their environments to better support children and shifting from the teacher being “in charge” of children’s behavior to assisting children in being “in charge” of their own behavior

Session 3, Thursday 1:00 PM

Audience: Early Childhood

Karla earned her BA in elementary education from Valparaiso University and a master’s degree in Elem Ed with an early childhood concentration from Indiana University.  She is currently working as a professional development specialist with Early Childhood Alliance, instructing non-formal CDA classes and providing professional development training and coaching for providers.  She has been a classroom teacher, director of early childhood programs and taught at Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend.

Hot Seats and Speed Dating:  Keeping Class Discussion Interesting

We use many different methods of discussion in our secondary English classroom:  Socratic, Circles, Fishbowls, Hot Seat, speed-dating, silent post-its…we’d like to share different ways to encourage student-led group discussions in class to facilitate rather than lead a lecture with Q & A.

Session 3, Thursday 1:00 PM

Audience: Middle School & High School

Elizabeth Hoham & Mindy Walz are teachers in the English department at Concordia Lutheran High School, Fort Wayne IN

CONFLICTS!!!  Lutheran Schools and the Ministry of Reconciliation

There is struggle when we face conflict between students, with parents, and even among fellow staff.  Yet, there is also opportunity for the church to be in action to share its most important gift, forgiveness.  This session will explore how teachers, administrators and schools can be a part of sharing the ministry of reconciliation.

Session 3, Thursday 1:00 PM

Audience: All

Jacob Pennekamp has 21 years of school ministry experience, 14 of that as an administrator.  He currently serves Emmanuel – St. Michael Lutheran School in Fort Wayne Indiana as principal.

Get Out of His Way!!

Do you sometimes get in His way?  The obvious answer is of course you do.  But even more importantly, do you recognize HOW you get in His way?  Whether it is at school with your students and colleagues, at home with your family, in your cars, on your phones, or laying awake at night feeling frightened and alone, we ALL need to be mindful of how our sinful nature deceives us into trying to get in His way….and how HE HELPS US understand His sovereignty at all times, in all places, and in all things….EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Participants are asked to bring a Bible with them as you will be diving into specific examples from Scripture where the Lord showed His people how to GET OUT OF HIS WAY!!!

Session 3, Thursday 1:00 PM

Audience: All

Matt Konow has the blessing to serve as the Executive Director at the Biblical counseling ministry of Cross Connections, Inc.  A product of the Lutheran school system,  God called Matt into ministry at Cross Connections at the end of 2011, and has repeatedly shown Matt the benefits of getting out of His way personally and professionally, as the Lord has grown the ministry substantially the past few years. 

Placing Art at the Heart of Learning

Champion art-infused education.  Every child and teacher is an artist, so don’t miss this fun, hands-on workshop where you will be inspired to unleash your God-given talents.  No art background is necessary – just a willingness to create a masterpiece! (Repeated from Session 1)

Session 3, Thursday 1:00 PM

Audience: Grades K-8

Rose Farley, Director of Development for Arts Attack Publication, has been advocating for the arts in schools for over 20 years.  Arts Attack is a developmental, sequential visual arts curriculum for Grades K-8.  The award winning program is now online and is an approved curriculum for LCMS schools.  Visit their booth during the conference.

 

Session 4: Thursday 3:45 PM

Electronic Communication with Parents

It seems as though everything is operating through electronics today.  If you are not already using electronic communication, this session will give you ideas on tools that you can try in your classroom.

Session 4, Thursday 3:45 PM

Audience: All

Jennifer Probst, is a DCE/teacher who is currently teaching preschool at St Paul Lutheran in Columbus IN.  She has much experience working with youth and served at St James, Lafayette before moving to southern Indiana.

Checkpoints to Success: Applying Formative Assessments to the Learning Process

Educators are typically much more likely to use summative assessments to analyze student achievement — measurements such as tests and projects that summarize student learning at the end of a unit. However, formative assessments — short checkpoints for learning throughout a unit — are often better at providing quick learning feedback for both teachers and students. This session will review the power of formative assessments in learning and provide practical strategies, ideas, and tools for making formative check-ins an important part of your classroom.

Session 4, Thursday 3:45 PM

Audience: All

David Black is a displaced Chicago Cubs fan who has now taught in Lutheran schools in Colorado for over 17 of his 30 years as an educator.  He currently serves Lutheran High School in Parker, CO where he is a teacher, and the Director or Lights Academy, an innovative accelerated personalized learning program within the existing school.  David also serves Lutheran schools at large through facilitating leadership and training sessions, teaching online for Concordia University Wisconsin.

Do Not Let Evolution Make a Monkey Out of You!

Various topics relating to the Creation-Evolution question will be presented such as Philosophy, Christianity, Biology, Time, etc. Web sites that are beneficial will be shared. Finally the importance of his topic to one’s Christian faith and apologetics will be explained.

Session 4, Thursday 3:45 PM

Audience: Middle & High school

Chris Gieschen is a graduate of Concordia Chicago and has been at Concordia Lutheran High School for over 40 years mostly teaching Biology and Earth Science. Has presented this topic at various conferences including several times for the state science conference.

Does Your Church &/or School Need a New/Renewed Perspective?

While some traditions are important to maintain, the vision you developed when you started has some elements implemented.   However, you can see that it’s not all working.  Perhaps there is some staff apathy, attendance at church and/or enrollment at the school are plateaued, a few ‘supportive’ families seem to be pulling away and with offerings down, the Finance Board is recommending a 3-5% reduction in the budget.  You are reluctant to talk to anybody on staff about this because of the complexity of the problem.  Please consider registering for this workshop at the NW District All Workers Conference to get refocused, inspired, re-energized and gather ideas of what can be done so the church/school can thrive and fulfill its mission!

Session 4, Thursday 3:45 PM

Audience: All

Dr. Mary Schuldheisz graduated from Concordia-St. Paul, MN and since then has taught ECE-graduate students in education at private and public institutions of education.  She has Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an AbD in Curriculum and Instruction.  She has a passion or school improvement and have a talent for helping schools and/or educational professionals address institutional and/or personal turning points so they are not stymied by change.  She continues to substitute teach in K-12 public and private schools in OR and WA as well as an adjunct professor at Concordia University-Portland and as working as an Education Consultant.

Student Led Fitness Stations

Utilizing the four exercise components of Cardio-endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility, the students research and design exercise stations for their own fitness circuit.  The exercises focus on arms, legs, and the core.  In their planning, they design a sign describing and demonstrating the actual exercise for others to follow along throughout the circuit.   The students actually perform the circuit stations with re-evaluations after the actual workout.  This is primarily for middle and high school but could be adapted to any age group  that has use of an iPad.

Session 4, Thursday 3:45 PM

Audience: All

Andy Stout & Mark Koehlinger & Pam Rusher teach physical education at Concordia Lutheran High School, Fort Wayne IN

Do I Really Need a Lesson Plan for That?  Making the Most of a Read Aloud Story

Read alouds can be one of the most important daily lessons taught for literacy development.  See how to use a read aloud book for intentional vocabulary and comprehension development.  Become acquainted with some of the newest picture books and how they can be used for intentional read alouds.

Session 4, Thursday 3:45 PM

Audience: Early Childhood

Judy Ripke has spent more than three decades working in the filed of early childhood education.  She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in early childhood education both from Concordia University in Seward NE.  She has taught young children from age three through second grade and served a director of early childhood and assistant professor at Concordia University Nebraska.  She is currently teaching kindergarten at Faith Lutheran School in Lincoln NE.

 

The Project Approach in Preschool

Come and learn how meaningful learning through the Project Approach can change your classroom engagement, create real life experiences, and increase student interest in learning!  The Project Approach builds on natural curiosity, enabling children to interact, question, connect, problem-solve, communicate, reflect, and more!

Session 4, Thursday 3:45 PM

Audience: Early Childhood

Tracie Douglas is an early childhood teacher at Our Shepherd Lutheran, Avon IN

Stress & Health

You will learn about the effects stress has on your physical health as well as practical tips for decreasing stress starting today!

Session 4, Thursday 3:45 PM

Audience: All

Sara is a registered, licensed dietitian that comes to Concordia Plan Services with a background in clinical and specialty areas of nutrition and wellness. Sara earned her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Southeast Missouri State University and her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Alabama.

 


Session 5: Friday 10:15 AM

Daily 5 in Your Classroom; Reading and Beyond

Do you wish you had more time to work with small groups or individual students?  Are you tired of setting up reading centers every day?  Learn about The Daily 5, a reading structure that fosters independence in the classroom.  See how it can change not only your reading block, but your entire day with your students.  Walk away with tips you can use tomorrow!

Session 5, Friday 10:15 AM

Audience: K-5

Danielle Rothert teaches at Lutheran Central School in Brownstown, IN

Faith, Family and Friendship in Preschool

What are ways that you integrate faith, family, and friendships in preschool?  How do you create a child-centered chapel service?  Come learn more about how we help strengthen the home-school relationship and teach families more about Christ through the process.

Session 5, Friday 10:15 AM

Audience: Early Childhood

Tera Lewandowski & Jenna Hicks.  Tera is the Preschool Director and a teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School in Valparaiso IN.  Jenna the Preschool Director and teacher at Central Lutheran School in New Haven IN. 

I Wanna Run Away!

Is the weight of ministry more than you can bear right now?  Do you know someone struggling with the anxiety of meeting all the needs of the day?  Do you find yourself asking God, “Why me?” more and more often?   Come hear the story of one woman’s extraordinary stress and how we can all have hope for a blessed future.  Practical resources will be shared and encouragement will abound!

Session 5, Friday 10:15 AM

Audience: All

Stacy Hoeft is currently the CEO of Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM) in Farmington Hills, MI.  She has been serving in Lutheran education for over twenty years as she was formerly a Lutheran School principal and teacher.  Stacy has experienced the personal anxiety of living with an addict as well as the professional anxiety of working through a very public US Supreme Court case and is passionate about sharing encouragement with others struggling through similar situations.

Cooking with Books – Children’s Stories with Cooking Experiences

Extending popular children’s stories by trying a hands on cooking experiences for your class.

Session 5, Friday 10:15 AM

Audience: Early Childhood

Lisa is a Child & Adult Care Food Program Coordinator for Early Childhood Alliance in Fort Wayne.   She does nutrition trainings for the child care resource and referral and loves to cook and garden with kids.   She has been working with early childhood for 30 years.  

Step into STEM Learning with Fairy Tales and Young Children

Have you been hearing a lot about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)?  See why this is an important 21st century focus and how fairy tales easily lead to STEM projects with young children.  You will hear about new books to share with children and will come away with sample projects to help your students be excited about STEM learning.  You will be doing a STEM project!

Session 5, Friday 10:15 AM

Audience: PK-2

Judy Ripke has spent more than three decades working in the field of early childhood education.  She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in early childhood education both from Concordia University in Seward NE.  She has taught young children from age three through second grade and served a director of early childhood and assistant professor at Concordia University Nebraska.  She is currently teaching kindergarten at Faith Lutheran School in Lincoln NE.

Thinking Beyond Desks in Rows

Times, (and students!)…they are a changin’…  Traditional “desks in rows” may no longer be working in your classrooms. Come explore the concept of flexible seating.  After transforming our classroom into a middle school “learning lounge”, we can share ideas and testimonials that may inspire you to take the plunge!   (Or at least get your feet wet.)

Session 5, Friday 10:15 AM

Audience: All

Jessica Trueblood & Emily Brooks teach at St Peter’s Lutheran School in Columbus IN

Engaging the 21st Century Mission Field

Mr. Mike Zimmer serves the Northern Illinois District as Mission Facilitator for Schools helping to carrying out their district theme: New Starts, New Believers. Mike has served as a teacher, coach, elementary and high school administrator for over 35 years. He has decades of experience helping leaders in congregations and school to focus on today’s mission field.

His theme is “Engaging the 21st Century Mission Field”- Churches which operate Lutheran schools often operate in a silo mentality. Yet the mission opportunities thru quality private education can be an awesome entry way for people to connect to the Gospel.

Session 5, Friday 10:15 AM

Audience:  All

Mike Zimmer, Mission Facilitator for Schools, Northern Illinois District 

Teaching Life Through Sports

As this world gets more and more complicated, we can use coaching and extra-curricular activities to simplify life for our kids.  Sports are an avenue that we can teach kids how to work hard, how to be part of something bigger than themselves, how to be more than what they thought they could be, how to put faith before fear, how to build and maintain relationships, and how to handle hardships.  If done properly, the culture that is established in an athletic team can teach kids how to live life and more importantly, how to live a Christian life to the fullest.  So how do you do all of this?  Come and find out.

Session 5, Friday 10:15 AM

Audience: Middle & High School

Kathy Anderson is in her 16th year as the head volleyball coach at Indianapolis Lutheran High School.  Her teams have won numerous sectional and regional championships, as well as being as state runner-up.  Her players have receivied multiple accolades on the county and state levels. Kathy also coaches at Circle City Volleyball Club. 

Forming Critical Partnerships:  Parent-Teacher Relationships

In Lutheran schools we form many critical partnerships for the sake of the Gospel.  The relationship that forms between the teacher and the parent is central to the success of the mission.  In this session we will explore best practices for initiating that relationship from the start, strengthening the relationship during conferences, and maintaining the relationship when difficult messages have to be delivered.

Session 5, Friday 10:15 AM

Audience: All

Jacob Pennekamp has 21 years of school ministry experience, 14 of that as an administrator.  He currently serves Emmanuel – St. Michael Lutheran School in Fort Wayne Indiana as principal.

Curriculum Mapping  BACK TO BASICS

Are you new to curriculum mapping?  Need a refresher?  We’re going back to basics in this session.  Join us as we review the purpose of curriculum mapping and the basic ins and outs of the Atlas mapping system.

Session 5, Friday 10:15 AM

Audience: All

Alicia Levitt & Julie Dietrich   Alicia is the Director of Academic Excellence for The Lutheran Schools Partnership which serves the 18 Lutheran schools in Northeast Indiana.  Julie is the curriculum director for St Peter’s Lutheran School, Columbus IN and serves as the Curriculum Coach for the Indiana District-LCMS.  

Luther’s Laymen:  Highlighting the Laity’s role in the Reformation

This year we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Nailing of the 95 Theses, an historical event most of us are very familiar with. This session we will focus on Frederick the Wise, Philip Melanchthon, and Lucas Cranach–laymen without whom the reformation may have never happened.  As we study the role of these faithful laymen, we will see the important role Lutheran Schools have in developing and preparing both church workers and laity for the future of the church.

Session 5, Friday 10:15 AM

Audience: All

Rev. Matt Jung is a 2001 graduate of Concordia University in River Forest, where he majored in Language Arts and minored in Theology. After several years of service as Program Director at Camp Lakeview in Seymour, IN, Matt joined Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour, IN in 2010, where he has taught theology courses for all students. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in 2014 and was ordained in July of 2015. Pastor Jung is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jonesville, IN, where he also assists in ministry.

 


Session 6: Friday 11:15 AM

Rainbows and Mermaids: Helping Students Navigate Through the Sexual Struggles of Today’s World

Students in our Lutheran schools are being challenged to accept homosexuality, transgenderism, and sexual immorality as a normal part of our world today.  This session will explore these topics from a Biblical and compassionate point of view to equip Lutheran educators to speak truthfully and sensitively with students about these issues.

Session 6, Friday 11:15 AM

Audience: Middle & High School

Rev. Chad Hoover teaches at Concordia Lutheran High School, Fort Wayne IN

Food and Culture

Exploring the role that culture plays in not only what we eat but mealtime experiences

Session 6, Friday 11:15 AM

Audience: All

Lisa is a Child & Adult Care Food Program Coordinator for Early Childhood Alliance in Fort Wayne.   She does nutrition trainings for the child care resource and referral and loves to cook and garden with kids.   She has been working with early childhood for 30 years.  

Outdoor Education — A How to Guide to Partner with your Local Camp

Are you interested in starting an outdoor education program at your school?  Do you already have an outdoor education program, but feel that it is in need of a refresh?  Come to this session and learn how your local LC-MS Camps (Lakeview Ministries, Seymour, IN; Camp Lutherhaven, Albion, IN) can help assist you in putting together a quality program.  We will discuss how to plan out your schedules and activities for the greatest impact.  We will also discuss costs and tips to decrease the financial burden for the school while still being able to host a high quality experience.  We have years of experience with planning outdoor education that we would love to share with you.

Session 6, Friday 11:15 AM

Audience: All

David Vandercar is Director of Lakeview Ministries which include Camp Lakeview in Seymour IN.

Kids Have Feelings Too and That’s OK

Too often we tell children to “use your words” to solve their peer conflicts.  However, unless we are just as intentional about teaching children “feeling” words as we are their ABC’s and 1,2,3’s, we cannot expect them to “use their words”.  This session offers many strategies to help children deal with many different emotions.

Session 6, Friday 11:15 AM

Audience: PS-K

Beth Kumfer is with Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.  Beth has been a child care facilities consultant for the state of Indiana for 19 years (affectionately known as “the state lady” to child care programs).  Previously she was a director at a licensed and accredited child care program for 3 years and worked at Head Start for 17 years as a teacher, education coordinator, and program operations manager. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement from Taylor University.  Beth is a lifelong Missouri Synod Lutheran and an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church.

Interventions and Accommodations for Struggling Learners

This session will present appropriate interventions and accommodations for struggling learners in the classroom.  The information presented is appropriate for students with diagnosed learning needs, but also for students that have not been identified but show signs of struggling.  Classroom teachers will have a better understanding of some of these difficulties and how classroom accommodations may help reach all students in the classroom.

Session 6, Friday 11:15 AM

Audience: Elementary

Kara Bratton is the Resource Center Director for Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM) She has her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, graduate degrees in Special Education and Gifted and Talented Education, and is a doctoral student in the area of Special Education Leadership.  Kara is also trained in Orton-Gillingham, has training in the area of autism, and is a DIBELS Next mentor/trainer.

Technology Tools to Enhance Your Curriculum

Have you wanted to incorporate technology into your instruction, but you don’t know where to start?  I will introduce you to some technology tools, most of them are free, that you can use to enhance your curriculum.  Pick and choose the tools that will work for you.

Session 6, Friday 11:15 AM

Audience: All

Melissa Brown teaches at Immanuel Lutheran School, Seymour IN

Changing Math Mindsets

Learn how to make math come alive in your classroom!  Challenge your own paradigms about math.  Practice games and activities that build conceptual knowledge.

Session 6, Friday 11:15 AM

Audience: Grades K-8

Cindy McKinney, Program Director Region 8 ESC

Making Math count:  Math in Early Childhood Education

Are you looking for ways to improve math in your PS & K classroom?  Need some fresh ideas to incorporate more math throughout your day?  Come learn new and exciting ideas to add math into your classroom.

Session 6, Friday 11:15 AM

Audience: Early Childhood

Tera Lewandowski & Jenna Hicks.  Tera is the Preschool Director and a teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School in Valparaiso IN.  Jenna the Preschool Director and teacher at Central Lutheran School in New Haven IN. 

Why Teach About the Reformation?

Rev. May will explain why the Reformation, an event that took place 500 years ago is important to teach to our students today.  He will have resources that may to help you teach about it at every age level.

Session 6, Friday 11:15 AM

Audience: All

Rev. Daniel May attended Concordia Milwaukee and Concordia River Forest after which he spent a year teaching in Milwaukee, WI before attending Concordia Theological Seminary.  Following his ordination he served parishes at in Mississippi, at St Peter’s Fort Wayne, and at St James, Lafayette before being elected as President of the Indiana District-LCMS.

 


Session 7: Friday 12:15 PM

From Golf Outings to Galas:  Best Practices for Success at Your Next Fundraising Event

If you are not raising at least $25,000 after costs at your fundraising special event, you need to change what you are doing…or cancel the event. This presentation covers all aspects of special events, from marketing to sponsorships, from legal considerations to thank you letters.  This is especially helpful for executive directors, principals, fundraising staff, dinner/auction volunteers, boards, etc.

Session 7, Friday 12:15 PM

Audience: All

Jon Dize, CFRE, Lutheran SGO of Indiana

Sports Marksmanship in Schools

Introduction to Sports Marksmanship in the middle/high school setting.  Target shooting is a sport that requires precise muscle control, intense concentration, mental and physical stamina, and emotional control. This workshop will include information on Sports Marksmanship, organizations that will assist in setting up a marksmanship program, funding information, rifle safety, basic range procedures and some hands-on training.

Session 7, Friday 12:15 PM

Audience: Middle School &High School

SFC (R) Alan Conrad serves the Concordia Lutheran High School’s JROTC program, teaching leadership and team skills to countless of students.

You Can Do A Lot with a Little

All early childhood programs work on limited budgets and low teacher pay.  Directors need to find creative ways to keep staff motivated that won’t break the budget.  This workshop shares several ways to reward staff that don’t cost much, if any, money.  Be prepared to share ideas that work for you as well.

Session 7, Friday 12:15 PM

Audience: Early Childhood Directors

Beth Kumfer is with Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.  Beth has been a child care facilities consultant for the state of Indiana for 19 years (affectionately known as “the state lady” to child care programs).  Previously she was a director at a licensed and accredited child care program for 3 years and worked at Head Start for 17 years as a teacher, education coordinator, and program operations manager. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement from Taylor University.  Beth is a lifelong Missouri Synod Lutheran and an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church.

The Importance of Reading Aloud with Good Books

Come and be reminded of the importance of reading aloud, with valuable research and resources for teachers and to share with parents. This sectional will be filled with good books – both new and the classics. Book lists will be provided so you can incorporate lots of good, new books in your classroom!

Session 7, Friday 12:15 PM

Audience: PS- 3

Kristen Whirrett is an early childhood educator with a decade of teaching experience, turned stay-at-home mom. She has a passion for literacy and good books, and believes reading aloud is one of the best things you can do for children. One of her favorite times of day is read-aloud time with her two young children.  She is currently serving the Indiana District-LCMS part time in the area of Communications and Social Media.

Minds in the Making:  7 Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

Limited time for professional reading?  Don’t know what to choose?  How about one of the most influential books of this century regarding children, learning, and life?  Come and hear what the 7 essential life skills are and how to encourage them in children as written by Ellen Galinsky.  Also, you will be affirmed in what you already know is important in early childhood education!

Session 7, Friday 12:15 PM

Audience: Early Childhood

Susie Hord served as preschool teacher and director at Immanuel Lutheran School in Valparaiso IN prior to her retirement.  She earned the LEA Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Administrator for 2016.

In a Growth Mindset Classroom

What is Growth Mindset?   Learn how to implement 4 instructional moves that build growth mindset, and practice each move with real world examples and scenarios

Session 7, Friday 12:15 PM

Audience: Elementary

Cindy McKinney, Program Director Region 8 ESC

Teaching Together: An Integrated Approach to Language Arts and Social Studies Instruction

After 14 years of sharing ideas and working alongside each other we have finally taken the plunge:  TEAM TEACHING!  Our “Global Studies” (7th) and “American Studies” (8th) are now taught from an interdisciplinary approach – providing an enriching classroom experience where students “work smarter, not harder”.  We have combined our ELA & SS standards to create comprehensive units of study.  We will provide practical strategies for making connections in your classrooms

Session 7, Friday 12:15 PM

Audience: Middle school & Administrators

Jessica Trueblood & Emily Brooks are teachers at St Peter’s Lutheran School in Columbus IN

Business Plans Made Easy (PK-12)

 Audience:  All

Join Mary Schuldheisz for an examination of the current ‘state of affairs’ in your program, build a bold vision for the future and develop a financially sustainable plan to support your  school program’s goals by participating in this ‘hands on’ workshop where you will be painlessly guided through the process.  Maintaining a financially sustainable program will enable the services your congregation provides to continue in to the future and spreading the love of Jesus.  If you already have a business plan, this is your opportunity to share what you have done with others and/or evaluate your current business plan in terms of its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.

Presented by: Dr. Mary Schuldheisz, Concordia University, Portland OR

Google Classroom – Flipped & Paperless?

Using Google Classroom through our Google Education Suite has allowed me to create an online accountability and availability for teacher, student and parent. Using all the resources that Google has available from Docs to YouTube, Classroom brings it together incorporating elements of a school planner, online work environment, flipped classroom, differentiated instruction and much more.

Session 7, Friday 12:15 PM

Audience: All

Karen Tate teaches at Our Savior Lutheran School in Louisville, KY

Faithful and Free:  The Life of Daniel as a Model for Christian Schools

Much is made of the separation of Church and State, and rightfully so. Nevertheless, our Christian Schools find themselves in a unique position where we serve and are accountable to both of these God-given estates. In this session, the life of Daniel will serve as a case study in which we rejoice in the unique calling we have to freely practice our Christian faith while faithfully remaining dutiful to our secular authorities.

Session 7, Friday 12:15 PM

Audience: All

Rev. Matt Jung is a 2001 graduate of Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois where he majored in language Arts and minored in Theology. After several years of service as Program Director at Camp Lakeview in Seymour, IN, Matt joined Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour, IN in 2010, where he has taught theology courses for all students, Freshmen-Seniors. He graduated from CTS in 2014 and was ordained in July of 2015. Pastor Jung and his wife Ingrid live in Columbus with their daughters Lila, Charlotte, and Natalie and are members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jonesville, IN, where Pastor Jung also assists.

 


Round Table Discussions: Friday 1:15 PM

These sessions will be led by a moderator and will begin with the topics here.  This is a chance for teachers to meet and share with other teachers teaching the same age level and or subject matter and talk about issues that are important to them. 

Preschool Round Table

Rachel Stults will coordinate a round table of Preschool teachers on various topics

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Early Childhood

Rachel Stults is the director and teacher of Peace Lutheran Preschool, Bloomington IN.  Rachel also serves on the Early Childhood Cabinet for the Indiana District-LCMS.

Welcoming Families into Preschools AND the Church

This session a teacher lead discussion group for teachers who teach like age groups or subject matter.  This groups is focused on preschool teachers, however you are welcome to join any group regardless of the age of your students.

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Early Childhood

On My Way Preschool and/or Accreditation for Early Childhood

This session is a discussion group of directors and administrators who are doing, or are interested in On My Way Preschool and/or  ECE accreditation.

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Preschool Directors & Elementary Administrators with Preschools

Standards Based Report Cards and STEM for 1st Grade

This session is a teacher lead discussion group for teachers who teach like age groups or subject matter.  This group will start with two topics -standard based report cards and STEM

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Teachers of grade 1

Standards Based Report Cards and STEM for 2nd Grade

This session is a teacher lead discussion group for teachers who teach like age groups or subject matter.  This group will start with two topics -standard based report cards and STEM

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Teachers of grade 2

IREAD/ISTEP and STEM in 3rd Grade

This session is a teacher lead discussion group for teachers who teach like age groups or subject matter.  This group will start with two topics:  Indiana testing and STEM

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Teachers of grade 3

Indiana History and STEM in 4th Grade

This session is a teacher lead discussion group for teachers who teach like age groups or subject matter.  This group will start with two topics: Indiana History and STEM

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Teachers of grade 4

Transition to Middle School and STEM for 5th Grade

This session is a teacher lead discussion group for teachers who teach like age groups or subject matter.  This group will start with two topics:  transition to Middle School and STEM

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Teachers of grade 5

Math 6-12:  Resources, Issues and Ideas

This session is a teacher lead discussion group for teachers who teach like age groups or subject matter.  This group will talk about teaching math in the middle and high school level.  What can middle school do to prepare them for high school?

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Teachers of Math grades 6-12

Language Arts 6-12:  Resources, Issues and Ideas

This session is a teacher lead discussion group for teachers who teach like age groups or subject matter.  This group will talk about teaching language arts and writing in the middle and high school level.  What can middle school do to prepare them for high school?

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Teacher of Language Arts grades 6-12

Social Studies 6-12:  Resources, Issues and Ideas

This session is a teacher lead discussion group for teachers who teach like age groups or subject matter.  This group will talk about teaching social studies in the middle and high school level.  What can middle school do to prepare them for high school?

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Teachers of Social Studies in grades 6-12

Science 6-12:  Resources, Issues and Ideas

This session is a teacher lead discussion group for teachers who teach like age groups or subject matter.  This group will talk about teaching science in the middle and high school level.  What can middle school do to prepare them for high school?

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Teachers of Science in grades 6-12

Teaching PE in Grades K-5

This session is a teacher lead discussion group for teachers who teach like age groups or subject matter.  This group will talk about teaching PE in the elementary setting.  Come share resources, ideas and issues with others who teach the same thing.

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Teachers of PE grades K-5

Teaching PE in Grades 6-12 and Coaching

This session is a teacher lead discussion group for teachers who teach like age groups or subject matter.  This group will talk about teaching PE or coach in the middle and high school setting.  Share resources, issues and ideas for with others doing what you are doing.

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Teachers of PE or coaches grades 6-12

First and Second Year Teachers Experiences in the Classroom

This session is a discussion group for 1st and 2nd year teachers. Supporting new teachers by letting those in their second year share their first year experiences.  Discuss how college preparation doesn’t always cover classroom reality and what practical things you can learn from each other.

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: New and second year teachers

School Administration – Is that for Me?

This session is a discussion group for teachers who have considered or are planning to go into administration.  Meet with some experience administrators and discover what it is really like.

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Teachers interesting in becoming administrators

Service Projects for your School or Classroom

This session is a teacher lead discussion group about service project ideas for your classroom or school.  Have you done a great project?  Please come to share your project.  Interested in starting or expanding your projects – come to learn project ideas from others!

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: All

Art Music & PE – Teaching It All in a Self-Contained Classroom

This session is a teacher lead discussion group of teachers who need to do it all – teach Art, Music and PE as well as all the core subjects in a self-contained classroom.

Session 8, Friday 1:15 PM

Audience: Teachers of grades K-5